Driver's License Restoration in Orange County

Anaheim DUI Defense Lawyer

There are numerous reasons why your driver's license can be revoked in California. A revocation of your license means that you cannot operate a motor vehicle for a determined amount of time. This term for which you will not be able to drive could be a few weeks, months, years, or indefinitely. Each of the causes for license suspension and revocation are listed in the California Vehicle Code.

Some of the most common reasons for license suspension include:

  • Being classified as a negligent driver
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Mental or physical disabilities
  • Failure to appear in traffic court
  • DUI violations / refusing a breath test

There are many other reasons that the court or the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) could revoke your license but it is important to quickly work towards getting your license restored if this happens.

The Penalties for Driving with an Invalid License

If you decide to drive with a revoked license, there are more criminal offenses that you could be charged with. In California, this is charged as a misdemeanor, and the penalties are severe. The consequences are different based on the reason for the revocation in the first place.

If it is a non-DUI related license revocation, the penalties would include:

  • 1st offense: fine between $300-$1,000 and the possibility of 5 days to 6 months in jail
  • 2nd offense: fine between $500-$2,000 and the possibility of 10 days to 1 year in jail

The consequences become harsher if the charges were DUI-related. The second offense would be at least 30 days in jail instead of ten. On top of that, the court would also order an ignition interlock device on your vehicle to ensure that you do not drive while under the influence. More details about these penalties can be found in the California Vehicle Code § 14601.

How to Fight Charges of Driving With a Revoked License

There are ways to defend yourself against these charges because it can be difficult for the prosecutor to prove that you were driving with a revoked license. The prosecutor must prove two things: that your license was in fact suspended or revoked, and also that you were aware of the revocation or suspension when you drove. There are several ways to fight this charge, including:

  • Your license was not actually revoked
  • You were unaware that your license was revoked
  • You were mistakenly identified
  • It was an emergency and driving may be justified

Taking Steps to Restore Your Driving Privileges

With the help of an Anaheim DUI attorney, you may be able to build a strong case and fight a charge for driving with a revoked license. It is also very important to note that in California, if your license is revoked for a certain amount of time, it is not immediately reinstated once that time has passed. You must apply for a reinstatement or a new driver's license.

There are many times when a person is charged with driving on a revoked license because they assume their license is reinstated when it really is not. Make sure to be aware of the steps necessary after your revocation period ends. One way to prevent being charged with driving on a revoked license is to get your license restored. The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs can help with this.

Some of the ways that we combat revocations in order to seek reinstatement are:

  • Representing you in proceedings to ensure the proper measures are taken
  • Clearing bench warrants that you may have with the court
  • Sorting out any unpaid court fines
  • Enrolling you in any classes you may need to take
  • Assisting you in receiving vehicle liability insurance

Seek Representation from The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs

The best way to avoid charges for driving with a suspended license is getting your license reinstated as soon as possible. The Orange County DUI defense lawyer at our firm is very familiar with the process. In order to have the best opportunity for license restoration, contact a lawyer from our firm and create a plan for reinstatement. Our firm has been representing people charged or arrested for crimes for more than 30 years, and we may be able to help you get your license restored.

Call The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs today to schedule a free consultation!